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Back on the tee for regional lawyer golfers

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Two long-standing lawyer golf tournaments are being resurrected early next year.

The Ebbett Cup for Hawke’s Bay practitioners, which was last played in 2015, is to return in a different format in March 2018 while the Waikato Bay of Plenty’s tournament is due to also return in March after a break of six years.

Waikato Bay of Plenty Golf trophy

The Ebbett Cup is an historic golf competition dating back to the 1930’s which was played by staff and partners from Hawke’s Bay legal firms and banks. The last time the Cup was contested, over 18 holes, it was opened up to members of accountancy and valuation firms.

The Hawke’s Bay branch says participation has ebbed and flowed in recent years, with the proposed 2016 tournament being cancelled due to a low turnout.

The Cup being played in March will be a nine-hole “twilight” tournament, with an Ambrose format – teams of four. It will again be contested between legal firms, banks, accountancy and valuation firms.

The Waikato Bay of Plenty branch is holding its annual tournament once again, on 8 March at the Hamilton Golf Club.

“Unfortunately, due to several reasons, the tournament has not been held for a number of years,” says branch President Russell Boot.  “The trophies that were formerly played for will once again be up for grabs.”

The last tournament was held in 2012. Trophies contested included the Hobec Cup for best individual outright score, and the McCaw Lewis Rosebowl for best handicap score.

Other lawyer golf events include the Devil’s Own tournament usually held in late September at Hokowhitu golf course, Palmerston North, and with a South Island Devil's Own held at Methven in November, plus the Last Resort tournament for Wairarapa lawyers, played in Masterton, usually in March.